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Bd fficils  lcd by gd ciizs w d  v.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Volume 120, Issue 106
UNC releases full player transcripts
By Andy Thomason
The University released thou-sands of pages of documents relatedto the 2010 NCAA football investi-gation on Monday following a legalsettlement with eight media groups,including The Daily Tar Heel, thathad sought the records for two years.The largest single portion of the records includes transcriptsof NCAA interviews with footballplayers who were at the heart of theinvestigation in its early stages. Although the settlement prohib-its the media groups from postingthe transcripts online, they can bequoted and excerpted.Below are some of the mostrevealing sections of the transcriptsafter one day of examination:
 In the first days of the investiga-tion, NCAA officials tried to discernwho paid for several trips taken bydefensive tackle Marvin Austin,including three to Miami. Austin first told officials one of the trips was paid for by Vontae Davis, now a cor-nerback for the Indianapolis Colts.
 Vontae is my lifelong friend. You know what I’m saying? I’veknew this man forever … Before hegot rich or whatever you want tosay, before he was who he is now I was out there working out withhim, grinding with him. So I don’tunderstand why it’s a problem forhim to — you know what I’m saying— bring me down. People take tripsall the time. You know what I’m say-ing? People bring their friends andstuff down all the time. So I’m kindof like shocked like why is it such a problem for him to do that for me?
Thousads of pagesdetail players’ trips adrelatioships with agets.
Total early votes (in millions)Margin of victory in last two electionsGrowth in Hispanic voting populationfrom 2008 to 2012
by 0.33%
by 12.43%
2008 2012
Total early votesMargin of victory in last two electionsGrowth in Hispanic voting populationfrom 2008 to 2012
by 14.45%
by 2.13%
Total early votesMargin of victory in last two electionsGrowth in Hispanic voting populationfrom 2008 to 2012
by 24.37%
by 3.63%
Total early votesMargin of victory in last two electionsGrowth in Hispanic voting populationfrom 2008 to 2012
by 44.77%
by 34.51%
Total early votesMargin of victory in last two electionsGrowth in Hispanic voting populationfrom 2008 to 2012
by 51.94%
by 36.4%
44,865 people
5,938 people65.99%
1,038 people67.45%
1,870 people61.11%
7,943 people74.95%
*Libertarianvotes:2008: 1,8162012: 6,104*Libertarianvotes:2008: 1272012: 642*Libertarianvotes:2008: 792012: 189*Libertarianvotes:2008: 842012: 256*Libertarianvotes:2008: 2852012: 886
Counties that wentDemocrat in 2008 andRepublican in 2004DemocratRepublicanUnspecied andindependent
By Madeline Will
Assistant State & National Editor
The next president of theUnited States will be decidedtoday, and North Carolinianscould play a key role. After a campaign season where both parties focused on get-out-the-vote efforts, the race in thestate hinges on voter turnout.Republican presidential can-didate Mitt Romney is leadingNorth Carolina  by 3 percentagepoints, accord-ing to Real ClearPolitics, an orga-nization thataggregates polling data.But Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling, a left-leaningRaleigh polling firm, said the raceis still too close to call in the state.The firm has President Barack Obama and Romney in a near-tie.Obama won North Carolina by about 14,000 votes in 2008, andJensen said if Obama takes thestate again, it will be even closer.“The key region in the state isthe Triangle,” he said. “Obama,in 2008, lost every region in thestate other than the Triangle, but he won the Triangle by sucha large margin that he won thestate. (This year), he not only needs to win, but he needs to havea large turnout to make up for what we expect will be losses inthe other areas.”Tracy Reams, director of theOrange County Board of Elections,said the county has more registeredDemocrats than Republicans.But she said the county saw a decrease in early voting turnoutfrom 2008, from 51,961 ballotscast early to 50,243 this year.There has been a slight uptick in early voting across the statecompared to 2008, when 2.6million votes were cast beforeelection day. This year, 2.7 millionhave been cast so far. According to Public Policy Polling, Obama led by 9 percent-age points in the state’s two-week early voting period. But Romney is ahead by 16 points among those who plan to vote today.Michael Cobb, political sci-
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Today’s presidetialeletio is expeted tobe tight i nc.
Melted pipe causes flooding,evacuation in Granville Towers
By Zach Freshwater
Staff Writer
Smoke and flooding forcedGranville Towers East residents outof their rooms early Sunday morn-ing — leading to temporary studentrelocations and up to half a milliondollars in damages. According to a report from theChapel Hill Fire Department, a  ventilation fan motor in a third floor bathroom overheated, melting a PVCpipe for the sprinkler system that ledto flooding in the first three floors.The flooding affected 140 resi-dents, said Susan Jennings, vice
By Daniel Schere
Staff Writer
 Advertising on Chapel HillTransit buses will remain frozen forat least another four weeks.During its Monday night meet-ing, the Chapel Hill Town Councildeferred a decision to define thetown’s bus advertising policy to itsDec. 3 meeting.Council members Penny Rich,Jim Ward and Gene Pease voted touphold the current policy, which was drafted in 2011 and prohibitspolitical and religious ads. But it didnot receive the required five votesto pass.Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt andcouncil members Donna Bell andMatt Czajkowski were all absentfrom Monday’s meeting.In August, Chapel Hill’s Churchof Reconciliation placed an ad ontown buses that called for an end tomilitary aid to Israel.The debut of the ads has sparkeddiscussion among residents abouttheir content, and whether busesshould be zones of free expression orlimited public forums.Last month, Transit DirectorSteve Spade informed the councilthat they had been using a draft pol-icy that did not include the politicaland religious ad restrictions detailedin the approved policy. As a result, the council suspendedthe advertising program at its Oct.24 meeting. It will remain suspend-ed until they reach a consensus on what the policy should be.Council member Lee Storrow expressed concern that restricting
Tow couil will waitutil De. 3 meetig todefie the bus ad poliy.Smoke set off spriklers,floodig three floors of Graville Towers East.
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Bus advertisementsfrozen for 4 weeks
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Members of Cary Reconstruction help clean up Granville Towers East after amelted pipe caused flooding on the first three floors of the building.
 See page 5 for locations and dailytarheel.com for a voters’ guide.
This map shows which way N.C. counties voted in the 2008 presidential election. Three of thecounties that surround Chapel Hill, as well as Mecklenburg County, home of Charlotte and this year’sDemocratic National Convention, voted for President Obama in 2008. Demographic shifts in thestate’s voting population, such as more registered Hispanics, could affect today’s election results.
north caroliaould swig
SoUrCe: n.C. board oF eleCtionS, WWW.CarolinatranSParenCy.CoMCredit: CeCe PaSCUal, bailey Seitter
To make a calendar submission,email calendar@dailytarheel.com. Please include the date of the event in the subject line, and attach a photo if you wish. Eventswill be published in the newspaper on either the day or the day beforethey take place.
Someone reported a peeping Tom at 1060 W. N.C.Highway 54 Bypass at 1:05a.m. Sunday, according toChapel Hill police reports.The person was peepinginto the window of the victim,reports state.
Someone damaged prop-erty at 326 W. Rosemary St.at 2:22 a.m. Sunday, accord-ing to Chapel Hill policereports.The person damaged a card reader and ran frompolice, reports state.
Someone broke andentered a residence at 506 Whitaker St. at midnightSunday, according to ChapelHill police reports.The person entered the vacant residence through a  window, reports state.
Someone was assaultedat 175 E. Franklin St. between9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.Sunday, according to ChapelHill police reports.The victim alleged the sus-pect struck them in the faceand choked them, reports state.
Two people fought at 125 W. Franklin St. at 11:12 p.m.Sunday, according to ChapelHill police reports. A dog was bitten by ananimal at 1401 N. GreensboroSt. at 9:30 a.m. Thursday,according to Carrboro policereports. A person was walking theirdog, Coco, when two browndogs ran up to them. One of the dogs bit Coco on the lefthip, reports state. A veterinary doctor exam-ined Coco’s wound, and policetold the person to keep thedog isolated, reports state.
Someone injured proper-ty at 302 N.C. Highway 54 at10:43 a.m. Friday, accordingto Carrboro police reports.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The Daily Tar Heel
Due to a source error, Monday’s front page story “Apple tops Lenovo in sales” said IBM owns Lenovo.Lenovo acquired IBM’s personal computer business in 2005, and the two entities are separate.In Monday’s Homecoming 2012 insert, a caption alongside the page 2 story “New tradition of deco-rating banners” misidentified the person featured. The photo features Jordan Reeves, not Josh Gills.The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the errors.
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 veryone’s had a professor catchthem on Facebook in the middle of one of a rant — er, lecture.It’s much worse when it’s your bud — who has been laughing along at all thememe’s on your timeline — turning you in. A professor at York University in Toronto,Canada, has begun asking his students to re-port classmates for surng the Web and tuningout during class. He thinks it creates a betterclass atmosphere, though turning studentsagainst each other seems counterproductive.
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Keey Erdoy, Hyey Pyte,Kei Phiey,
aro Moore,Cece Pc, Biey seitter,
design & graphics; 
Eizbeth Byrm,
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mul- timedia; 
Miche leibe,
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Chri Cowy, Mei Key, Choestepheo,
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state & national; 
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Eizbeth Brtho, RcheBtt, jey Drbbe, Brifey, Cheey grder, gregzert, Croie Hdo, Pieldiic, Cdr Perki,Die schere, jmi sih,Cire smith, Eizbeth strb,Dih strdit, gytrisredrth, Kthry Trodo,Hoy Wet
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editorial board 
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Eri H,
senior pho- tographer; 
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Miche l, KeyPro,
senior writers; 
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Mei Bckm,Citi McCbe,
senior writers; 
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director/general man- ager; 
Reee Hwey,
advertising director 
li Reiche,
business manager 
; sie Ki,
advertising manager; 
Hh Petero,
social media manager 
c sv:
Trici seitzer,Diee stepheo d aehi Tii,
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account executives.
makn ta:
Kthry Kiht,
Becky Bh, szhDido, a Dio, stegrder, jme geer, srh aRhode, Reddi Wtz d atiWhite;
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classified production assistant 
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By Randy Short
Staff Writer
If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.That’s the mindset that members of theFaculty Executive Committee share about theUniversity’s course dropping policy — but a pro-posal by the UNC-system Board of Governorssuggests a different opinion.On Thursday, the Board of Governors will dis-cuss a systemwide limit of 10 days for studentsto drop a class, which would override UNC’s cur-rent eight-week period.“We’re doing a good job,” said committeemember Greg Copenhaver. “We should work toprotect our autonomy.Committee members said they believe theeight-week policy is sufficient for students to getfeedback from instructors and make informeddecisions on whether to drop a class.Following a 2004 study on retention rates,UNC lengthened its drop period from six weeksto eight weeks. When recreated in 2010, the study showedthat course retention rates had risen five percent-age points, proving that the extended eight-week period was effective, said Bobbi Owen, associatedean of the College of Arts and Sciences.Owen said the drop rate has remained steady at about 6 percent per semester.Bearing that data in mind, committee mem- bers said they unanimously opposed the Board of Governor’s proposal.Committee chairwoman Jan Boxill said two weeks is not enough time for students to receivefeedback on their courses and make informeddecisions.She added many courses might not have had a graded assignment in the first two weeks.If the system’s proposal is passed, students who wish to no longer be in a class after the two- week period would have to withdraw from thecourse. A withdrawal is documented on a stu-dent’s transcript.Committee members said they worry that if  withdrawals are marked on transcripts, studentsmight be less explorative and adventurous whenregistering for classes.Members added that since more than 60 per-cent of UNC students enroll in graduate school within four years of graduation, students willalso be more likely to want to avoid any blem-ishes on their academic records.Committee member Shielda Rodgers, who works in the School of Nursing, said that inher experience with graduate school admis-sions, withdrawals can be detrimental to anapplicant.“If we see a lot of withdrawals, that is a redflag and does not look good for the applicationprocess,” Rodgers said.
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By Lillian Evans andMeredith Burns
Staff Writers
In the University’s effortto keep education accessible,administrators are focusing theirefforts on an up-and-comingforum, online education. And now, they are exploringa new way to put course contentonline — for free.Carol Tresolini, vice provostfor academic initiatives, said theUniversity is considering a part-nership with Coursera, a mas-sive open online course (MOOC)provider.MOOC providers offerfree courses from some of thenation’s top universities to any-one with access to a computer.Provost Bruce Carney willpresent a short summary aboutthe strengths and weaknessesof online education — andonline course providers suchas Coursera — to the Board of Trustees on Nov. 14.Rob Bruce, director of UNC’s William and Ida Friday Centerfor Continuing Education, saidthe most important element of online education is access.“I’m thinking of (formerUNC-system President) BillFriday, and he constantly advo-cated for access, and access toeducation — distance educationreally can bring that about,”Bruce said.The Friday Center offersabout 138 courses, which reachabout 4,000 students worldwideeach year.Leslie Parise, a member of UNC’s faculty executive com-mittee, said online education isunique because it reaches stu-dents who would not otherwise be able to receive an on-campuseducation.“Online education should be viewed as something that canfurther enhance what we arealready doing well and bring the best of UNC to more students,”Parise said.“I believe evolving technology  will drive change whether it isinitially embraced or not.”MOOC providers cater tothousands of students per class by posting all class material
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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Campus Briefs
Class registration for graduate andprofessional students begins today
Registration for the spring semester beginstoday for graduate and professional students.Undergraduate students with eight terms inresidence may also register.
Biostatistics professor receives awardfrom American Public Health Association
Biostatistics professor Amy Herring, fromUNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Healthreceived the Mortimer Spiegelman Award fromthe American Public Health Association at theorganization’s annual meeting on Oct. 30.The award honors Herring for her achieve-ments as a public health biostatistician youngerthan 40.
— From staff and wire reports
Chape H recze fr far rae
By Gayatri Surendranathan
Staff Writer
The owners of East FranklinStreet’s Caffe Driade know wheretheir coffee comes from.The business is one of 11 inChapel Hill that participate infair trade — a social movementthat helps producers in develop-ing countries secure fair prices fortheir products.“We believe in having relation-ships with everyone involved in thecoffee process, from the grower tothe roaster to the customer,” said barista Skylar Gudasz.These 11 businesses recently helped Chapel Hill gain nationalrecognition as a Fair Trade Town,the 30th in the United States andthe first in North Carolina. Carrborois also in the process of becoming a Fair Trade Town.The campaign to earn ChapelHill this distinction began in UNCsociology professor Judith Blau’sclassroom in 2010.“I’m opposed to the exploita-tion of labor,” Blau said. “I had my sociology of human rights classreally sow the seeds by petitioningthe town to support the fair trademovement.”The Chapel Hill Town Councilpassed that resolution in 2010.Keilayn Skutvik, store manager of Chapel Hill’s Ten Thousand Villages,took over the campaign to gain rec-ognition by the national organiza-tion Fair Trade Towns USA.Ten Thousand Villages, a nationalchain, was one of the first fair traderetail stores to establish a market inthe United States.“I wanted to get involved inChapel Hill’s campaign because cor-porate is interested in being a partof the Fair Trade Towns movement,”Skutvik said.To be recognized as a Fair TradeTown, a town has to have a localfair trade team, a number of retaillocations that sell at least two fairtrade items, community organiza-tions that use fair trade products,media coverage and a local govern-ment resolution.Billy Linstead Goldsmith, nation-al coordinator of Fair Trade TownsUSA, said he is not surprised thatChapel Hill managed to fulfill all of the requirements.“For the community, it’s just onemore place they can hang their hat,”Linstead Goldsmith said. “There’sa huge push around sustainability and social entrepreneurship inChapel Hill, and that’s what fairtrade is about.”David Suchoff, a barista at CaffeDriade, said the owners of the shopalso own Carrboro Coffee Roasters,a company focused on buildingdirect relationships with coffeefarmers.“When coffee is fair trade, thefarmer has more stake in it tomake it the best product,” Suchoff said.This commitment to fair trade
Businesses helped ChapelHill become the state’sfirst Fair Trade Town.
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Caffe Driade is one of 11 businesses in Chapel Hill that participate in fair trade. These businesses have helped the town gain recognition as a Fair Trade Town.
can be seen in other neighborhood businesses including Ben & Jerry’s,Trader Joe’s and Weaver StreetMarket, Blau said.“Chapel Hill is a great exampleof how the University community and the larger community can work together to make a difference,Linstead Goldsmith said. “We’rethrilled that they were able to bridgethat gap.”
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building Community 
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 The Boys and Girls Clubs of America celebrated the groundbreaking for its new location at the Pine Knolls Center on Johnson Street on Sunday.
A Board of Governors proposalwould limit the period to 10 days.
By Graves Ganzert
Staff Writer
 After an eight year wait, Sundamarked a monumental step for the youthof Chapel Hill.The Boys and Girls Clubs of America finally broke ground on its newest 107 Johnson St. location Sunday evening. About 50 people attended the cer-emony, a majority of whom made a directcontribution to bringing the location toChapel Hill.Those in attendance said they wereexcited for the start of a community resource that will bring after school, sportsand leadership programs to local kids.But Chapel Hill Town Council memberDonna Bell said the process for getting theBoys and Girls Clubs to Chapel Hill has been long and trying.“They put in the application for the clubin November 2004,” Bell said. “It is now coming together, and this is the next step.”The club, which will be the first inOrange County, will assist local youth thatare experiencing financial trouble.The ultimate goal of the Boys and GirlsClubs of America is to develop childreninto more productive members of society.Mashallah Salaam, a 16-year-old ChapelHill resident, said she was excited aboutthe new group.“I realize what the Boys and GirlsClubs has done for other communitiesand how it has helped build many of the world’s greatest leaders of today, suchas Bill Clinton, Michael Jordan and thefirst black president, Barack Obama,Salaam said.Salaam spoke at the groundbreakingceremony, and she told the group abouther excitement for the after school activi-ties the new club will provide.“I believe that the Boys and Girls Clubs will be very positive in helping youth,Salaam said.Steve Morris, regional service directorfor Boys and Girls Clubs of America, saidhe was thrilled with the new location.“There are a lot of potential resources,especially with having the University soclose,” said Morris.Morris said he thinks the large amountof resources in the area will allow the clubto reach its full potential.“It’s been promising that they startedthis and made this possible in such eco-nomic times,” he said. “It is absolutely remarkable.”Ben Perry, president of the club’sOrange County unit, said he was thankfulfor all of the support that ultimately led tothe groundbreaking ceremony.“It’s been a pleasure to work with thelocal government here to make this hap-pen,” he said. “Without a great partnership with the national Boys and Girls Clubs, we would not be here.
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unC asrars expre e ps
The University assessesthe possibility of freeonline courses.
“A lot of schools have become involved, and wethink it’s worth exploring.” 
Carol Tresolini,
vice provost for academic initiatives
bs a grs C e sep cser  pe
online in video form.The courses rely heavily onpeer assessments and onlinequizzes for grading. They alsooffer a statement of accomplish-ment signed by the professorupon completion — but it gener-ally has not transferred to uni- versity credit.“A lot of schools have becomeinvolved, and we think it’s worthexploring,” Tresolini said.On Oct. 29, AntiochUniversity at Los Angelesannounced that it would becomethe first U.S. university to offeracademic credit from Coursera.MeHee Hyun, co-chairwom-an of the liberal studies programat Antioch, said working withCoursera allows Antioch to tapinto the resources of larger insti-tutions while lowering the costof education for its students.Bruce said he took a sciencefiction and fantasy literaturecourse offered through Coursera.“It was well done, and I wasimpressed with it, but it’s not a course, really,” Bruce said.“I’m viewing a video, but I’mnot on a message board or a dis-cussion forum and interactingdirectly with a faculty memberas I would be with a Carolina Course Online.”Bruce said UNC is explor-ing the video teaching methodCoursera uses. He said it isimportant to consider whetherthe video is for flashy effect or if there is substance behind it.Maggie O’Hara, the UNC-system director of e-learning,said the system is still in the“exploration stage” of its rela-tionship with Coursera.“We’re keeping a close eye on what’s happening all over theplace,” O’Hara said.“It’s an exciting time to be ineducation, both as an educatorand a student.”
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